By: Diane Benjamin
Normal Mayor Chris Koos posted this on Facebook yesterday:
Maybe Koos doesn’t need the money since his business wasn’t affected by the shutdowns that destroyed many others. Didn’t he say his business is up since more people are biking?
This is the Op-Ed Koos is referring to: https://www.pantagraph.com/opinion/columnists/justin-m-boyd-mayor-salary-limits-our-selection/article_253139e1-6b21-5b57-b164-2dd0ccd184f6.html
Is Justin is trying to get a raise before announcing he is running for mayor?
According to Boyd, citizens are supposed to fund City Managers for over $200,000 a year plus expanded part-time Councils because the role of government has no bounds. Bloomington wouldn’t need 2 Council meetings and a Committee of the Whole if government’s job was only essential services. It is much more fun to pretend to be developers, entertainment specialists, lords over the citizens. Renner wasn’t happy with it being a ceremonial job, he’s the one that decided to rule instead.
Is Justin wanting the job but needs more money before jumping in the race?
The Normal Council passed two raises in recent years. See this story: https://blnnews.com/2018/12/14/koos-and-council-get-raises/
In 2009 Koos went from $10,000 a year to $18,000. In 2018 the Council said the next mayor will make $32,000.
Council salaries went from $4,200 to $4,800. The next Council will earn $6,800.
So Koos is going to give up $1,167 a month for an uncertain time. With the addition of bike trails while raising the gas tax, does he think his bike shop will compensate for it?
He could save the taxpayers a lot more by scrapping his pet projects.